Truck Driving Essentials: What you’ll want for the road

Truck Driving Essentials for the road

Whether it is the first day on the job, or a life-time on the road, truck drivers have the same basic needs as other drivers. Experienced truckers have to prepare for the long trips on the highway, and not every trip is easy. Even newbies have problems remembering to take along the most essential heavy duty truck accessories they are sure to need, as their trip progresses.

Inspections and Tune Ups Save Lives

For safety reasons, it is important to have your truck inspected, for minor problems. Be sure to carry the right tools such as tire jacks, flares and other necessities in the event of an emergency. A CB provides the best source of communication between drivers on the highway, who can give you heads up about traffic, open road construction, and weather conditions ahead. Make sure to take a map along and a GPS just in case you veer off track.

Take a Mixture of Personal Clothing and Other Items

Temperatures and climate changes from state to state. Therefore, be sure to take a variety of clothing, which is suitable for various types of weather conditions. Bring along a jacket, shorts, tee shirts, jeans, and an array of shoe types. Sneakers are fine for driving, but for entertainment purposes, you will want to wear a pair of slip on dress shoes, or casual slip on shoes. Do not forget to bring a pair of steel toe boots along.

Clothing to take on the road

Steel toe boots are great if you are driving a rig with a flat bed. Be sure to bring along a sleeping bag, a pillow, a cell phone, and a charger. What happens when you are driving under the sun? Do not forget to bring eye drops and a pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun’s glare.

Take Time Out to Rest

Never try to drive long distances without taking a break. If time permits, take a break. Stop and eat at a restaurant, pull over and call the family, or visit a department store, and pick up last minute items. Too many accidents occur when drivers fail to stop and rest.

Tools to Take Along

  • GPS
  • Map
  • Heavy duty dolly
  • Air pump
  • Emergency gear
  • flares

Personal Items to Pack

  • Cell phone
  • Music player
  • Shades
  • Bottled water
  • Medication
  • Wallet/ credit cards

Miscellaneous and Important Items Not to Forget

Remember to pack reflective clothing. In the event of an accident occur or a storm, you want to be visible to oncoming traffic, and rescue workers. Having on reflective clothing makes it easier for someone to find you, and assist you. Put the cones behind the truck or in an appropriate, but safe spot next to the truck.

Toolboxes should contain valuable tools and equipment. Do not leave on a trip without taking along a flashlight, a tire pressure gauge, a pair of work gloves, and a wrench. You never know when you have to unhook your trailer, or perform some minor repair. Always be prepared, for bad weather, accidents, and unforeseen detours on the highway.

Driving Safety for Tractor Trailers (Part 2 of 2)

Truck Driving Safety Part 2

Drivers’ main focus is on the safety and well-being of themselves and other drivers on the highway. Driving demands full concentration, with attention to the smallest of details. What make driving more dangerous than usual are rough weather conditions, careless drivers, and inoperable vehicle equipment.

However, drivers can make their on the road driving experience safer for every driver traveling the highways, and byways.

Rules of the Road to Staying Safe on the Highway

Most accidents are avoidable, and many are not. Commercial driving puts many truckers at risk, for traffic accidents, and major health concerns. The biggest cause of trucking accidents is visibility problems, which cause many drivers to maneuver into unfamiliar territory. A GPS tracking device can eliminate most problems, and keep the driver on track.

Professional truck drivers have to practice often. They must monitor the space, height, and depth of each turn, and determine the distance between statutory and moving objects. Here are a few safety-driving tips to keep everyone safe, and to help drivers arrive at their destination.

  • Determine Space Cushion
  • Look out for low clearances, overpasses, and tunnels
  • Determine turning spaces
  • Be wary of uneven roads, slippery highways, and unfavorable weather conditions
  • Check the rear and side mirror for objects that are not visible in the mirrors
  • Allow follow the rules of the road

Plan the Trip According to the Weather

Traveling on the highways of any city or state is challenging, when the weather conditions are great. However, drivers should plan a trip based on the area they are traveling, and the route they will be taking. Some cities experience a busy season, which makes getting from point A to point B tasking, frustrating, and time consuming.

Driving in bad weather

Leave ahead of schedule to allow time for unavoidable situations. Here are a few tips to consider when traveling along unknown terrain:

  • Be mindful of traffic congestion on the highways and interstates
  • Obey all traffic and stop lights
  • Never speed in unfavorable weather conditions that can impose a safety violation
  • Look out for highway construction and workers
  • Pay close attention to hills and mountains

Checking the weather forecast of visiting locations can prevent many disasters. Always take a map along and a working up- to- date GPS. Drivers should always pay close attention to weight limitations and bridge restrictions. All equipment maintenance and repairs should be done before making any travel plans.

Keep the Speed Down

It is easy to go over the speed limit when a deadline is approaching. Nevertheless, speed limits help accidents, and remind drivers to reduce their speeds ahead of time. Trucks traveling up a ramp too fast can tilt or roll over.

Beware of Turns and Curves

Professional truck drivers should be aware of tricky turns and curves on the highway. Drivers should adjust their speed prior to approaching a sharp turn, or a winding curve. Slowing down before turning can prevent rollovers, and save lives.

Professional drivers need to refer to their driving manual, and company guidelines, on safety issues. At Global Parts, Inc we make heavy duty truck parts that last a long time.